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Preparing For 4K Acquisition & Beyond

Hailed as the next big thing, 4K is dominating the international broadcast markets...
By Kevin Hilton
Contributing Editor

E

ven those with the most causal
interest in television cannot have
failed to notice that something
called 4K is the big thing of the
moment. It dominated both this
year's NAB and IBC exhibitions
and is now making its way into the
home through TV ads for new high
resolution TVs. All this before HD
has fully taken over from standard
definition in many parts of the world.

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RED Digital Cinema showed its EPIC
Dragon 6K sensor at this year's IBC

Behind 4K, which is part of the
Ultra HD (UHD) broadcast system,
there lurk even higher resolutions
that are already a reality because
the technology exists to capture
images. RED Digital Cinema, the
manufacturer that was in the
vanguard of 4K acquisition with its
RED One camera as early as 2007,
showed its EPIC Dragon 6k sensor
at this year's IBC. Also at the show
Japanese public broadcaster NHK
showed the next step on for UHD:
8K Super Hi-Vision 9SHV. It has set
2020 as the target for the start of 8K
satellite transmissions, coinciding
with the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
UHD was developed by NHK
Science and Technology Research
Laboratories to deliver a screen
resolution that was at least 16
times greater than HD; 4K UHD
has 2160 lines progressive while
8K delivers 4320p. As Keith Wymbs,
Vice President of Marketing for
live streaming software developer
Elemental Technologies, points out,
4K has been part of the film industry

Elemental's real-time HEVC video encoding and delivery demonstration at the
2013 Osaka Marathon

The Sony 4K Bravia TV displayed content streamed in real-time 4K/HEVC by
Elemental for public viewing during the race in a special K-OPTICOM exhibit

Sony F55 in 4K Live mode, together with a Fujinon 19-90mm Cabrio Lens

since the start of the Digital Cinema
Initiative in 2002.
With the technology well
established in cinemas, Wymbs
sees that success translating to
the home: "4K TV brings a cinemaquality experience to viewers,
whether in the living room in front of
an 83-inch Sony 4K Bravia set or on
their larger smart devices. It delivers
gorgeous, crystal-clear images and
more detail than HD ever could."
At the end of October Elemental
Technologies, working with
Japanese telecom company
K-Opticom, streamed more than
eight hours of live 4K coverage
from the Osaka Marathon, using
processing software based on high
efficiency video coding (HEVC)
using the newly standardised
H.265 encoder.
This year began strongly on the
4K front, with Eutelsat launching
Europe's first UHD TV channel
in January, followed by Spanish
public broadcaster RTVE, working
with the European Broadcasting
Union, trialling terrestrial UHD
transmissions. Since then 4K has
been tested at Wimbledon, the
Confederations Cup in Brazil -
which led FIFA to announce it
would be part of the broadcast setup for the 2014 World Cup - and
rugby and football matches for Sky
Sports in the UK.
Sky Deutschland has been looking
at implementing UHD services

Elemental Live provides real-time
encoding for linear pay TV broadcast
as well as live streaming to new
media platforms

since the end of 2011. "We are
moving forward step by step in
terms of closing the end to end
live production chain and we have
been making good progress so
far but one big block still missing
is the HEVC live encoding," says
Stephan Heimbecher, head of
Innovations and Standards/Product
and Operations. "HEVC encoders
might be able to run real-time in
2014 but their efficiency won't be
at a commercially reasonable level
for quite a while longer."
The public reaction to new TV
technologies is usually "Well, it's
a way to sell more TVs!" There is
some truth in this and, according to
Adam Cox, Head of the professional
broadcast team at research
consultancy Futuresource, it is also
an imperative for the broadcasting
sector: "Manufacturers need 4K
because price points are falling
and, as workflows are simplified,
functionality from different products
is being combined into single
devices, further eroding revenues
overall. It's also a benefit for pay TV
operators because, once HD loses
its cache and become standard,
they are going to need something
new to differentiate themselves from
the competition."
For capturing the images the
choice of cameras is growing, with
the RED Epic and Sony's PMW-F55
and PMW-F5 digital cinematography
models at the higher end. Specific
4K cameras for all areas of TV are
beginning to appear, among them
the Sony PXW-Z100 handheld
XDCAM camcorder. Blackmagic
Design has its 4K production
camera, which it says is suitable
for both UHD TV and feature films.
Sony was involved in the building
of the world's first 4K OB truck, UK
company Telegenic's T25. The
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InNews: Vizrt to Acquire Mosart Medialab
InNews: NTP Dad Ax32 Captures Wagner
InReply: Seesense on Miniature Cameras
InStudio: Q-Ball Captures Historic Vettel Victory
InGear: Bluebell’s Fibre Optic Solutions
InGear: Grass Valley K2 Dyno Changes the Game
InMedia: Pixitmedia – More Partner Than Supplier
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In Broadcast - December 2013 - InNews: Vizrt to Acquire Mosart Medialab
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